Friday, July 31, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - July 31, 2015

Hello and welcome to the July 31st edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

PEI Brewing Company says that even though Reanimator Doppelbock is gone for now, look for a barrel-aged version coming this fall.

Picaroons brewed up an Extra Special Bitter made with all New Brunswick malts and hops. The ESB-231 is a moderately malty, moderately hopped, and extremely tasty all New Brunswick beer. This one-off ESB will get tapped this Thursday at the Picaroons Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton as well at the Alcool NB Liquor Growler Stations around the province. Some select bars and restaurants around New Brunswick will also follow suit so keep your ears to the ground.

Savoie's Brewhouse says the day has finally arrived, they are now listed with NB Liquor. The beers are in a few but growing liquor stores in northern NB. Watch for it near you soon.

Garrison Brewing has two completely different tastes of summer. Trop Yard is a radler made with fresh lime and orange juice and Hop Yard making a delightfully tropical fruity yet still bitter radler. It’s 3.4% ABV and available for Growler / Growlito fills and tasters. Fluffernutter is their Nut Brown infused with real marshmallow, it’s slightly sweet and tastes just like it’s namesake. It’s 5% ABV and available JUST for tasters - in a very limited quantity.

The Nook and Cranny will soon have a new beer on tap. They've partnered with their neighbours to bring you NovelTea Passionfruit Ale. Made with custom designed Satya Tea called Berry Bliss, steeped at the Nook with their wheat beer. With hints of hibiscus, chicory root, chamomile, strawberry, and mango, this summer sipping ale is sure to delight.

Unfiltered Brewing  are open for business and have three hoppy brews on. First is Hoppy Fingers APA that is a sessionable 4.8% ABV and 25 IBUs, next is Exile On North Street IPA that is a healthy 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs and lastly a sippable DIPA called Twelve Years to Zion that is 8% ABV and over 100 IBUs. I asked if that last one was a religious beer and was told it will bring you to your knees. Unfiltered is open Tuesday-Sat 12-8, Sunday 12-6 and closed Monday.

The brewery and beer list for the Seaport Beerfest was released today. There is about 72 Maritime beers available and lots from around North America and Ireland. Tickets for most sessions are still available but choose carefully if there is a particular brewer you want to see as some are only available at certain sessions. 

This New Brunswick weekend the James Joyce Pub will have all 18 New Brunswick Breweries on tap. This starts today at 3 PM and they are here until they are gone.

The Moncton Beer League is having Flights 'n Bites: NS Craft Beer Edition on Friday, 28 August 2015. They bought extra Nova Scotia craft beer so more of you could try it. This event will be out on the deck again (weather permitting) and will feature 5 beers paired with food samples. Tickets are available now via eventbrite.

Thanks for joining me again this week and enjoy responsibly no matter where or what you do this week end.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - July 24, 2015

Hello and welcome to the Maritime Beer Report for July 24th.

PEI Brewing Company says the next batch of the Vic Park Hop Sessions is in the tanks - this time with Mandarina Bavaria and the Galaxy hop version still available.

Upstreet Craft Brewing is kicking off a new weekly event on Sunday evenings. They have something for everyone, concerts on the big screen, staff prices on beer, and community board games.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault is celebrating summer with a brand new seasonal beer. Introducing Lt. Ingall- Summer Edition (dry-hopped and different malt for you beer geeks), available now at Brewtique and soon at ANBL growler filling stations.

Grimross Brewing Company says they recently kegged their Oat Saison, a 100% Oat Malt brewed beer. This is an experimental beer for those who cannot tolerate gluten and anyone else that wants a light summer beer. Their Oat Saison was fermented with a Saison strain of yeast. Aroma has hints of clove, the taste is light and crisp with subtle lemon peel and grass. At only 3% ABV you can have a few!

Half Cut Brewing Company opened today. It is Picaroons Traditional Ales' newest incubating brewery, just like the early days of Grimross Brewing Company, Picaroons is lending long time employee and friend, Matt Corey, the brewing system within The Brewtique to get this new brewing project off the ground. Matt was a Picaroons Sales rep from a few years ago and manager of the Picaroons Brewtique.  He’ll be creating various styles of beer based on how he interprets the style they belong to. The first brew is an interpretation of a Dusseldorf Altbier, a malty German ale that offers a generous amount of hop bitterness with a mild fruity nose. Alter Ego is now on tap at the Picaroons Brewtique.

The Pump House Brewery has released a new seasonal release, Rose Hip Ale, brewed with rose hips and orange peel. It is available at the Orange lane location, soon at all ANBL Stores. It comes in at 4.5% ABV.

Big Spruce Brewing and Jason Spears were working on the Tip of the Spear Spruce Tip IPA. Look for it in August where Big Spruce is served.

Meander River Farms says seventy pounds of fresh cut lavender is on its way to Garrison Brewing. Add some honey into the mix and it could only mean one thing, Honey Lavender Ale is brewing.

Wayfarers' Ale has broken ground in Port Williams on its new brewery. Look for more details on this as we move into fall.

On Thursday  August 6th Bar Stillwell is having Toronto's Great Lakes Brewery take over the taps. Great Lakes is a top tier Canadian craft beer company and the beers are worth trying if you can.

Thanks for joining me again this week and until next time enjoy responsibly.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - July 17, 2015

Hello and welcome to the July 17th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

PEI Brewing Company says their new Vic Park Hop Sessions is coming out soon. It is Galaxy hops this time. Stay tuned for release time.

Big Axe Brewery has released their new FireFly IPA and is on tap at the brewery. Medium golden in colour, this IPA has a prominent hop aroma with both floral and citrucy notes. Some of the hops used are Chinook and Galena. This refreshing IPA has lighter body than their Double Bit IPA. It weighs in at 5.7% and 50 IBUs and has a very clean and crisp finish. Also the first batch of 2015 Chanterelle Cream Ale is on tap.

Grimross Brewing announces  Hops Festival on Saturday, August 22 from 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM. It is a celebration of New Brunswick Hops, Micro's and Music. They are holding the event in the back lot of the brewery and there will also be food vendors on site. Tickets are $30 advanced or $35 at the door and each ticket gets your first 3- 5 oz. drinks and you will be able to purchase additional drink tickets at the event.

Hammond River Brewing Company is doing a collaboration brew with another NB brewery. This time they will be pairing up with Wendy from Big Tide Brewing in Saint John and brewing a Rhubarb Saison with fresh rhubarb.

The Pump House Brewery says it is summer and and its Raspberry Weizen time. A German style wheat beer bombarded with 40 kg of raspberries! This is a beer for the raspberry connoisseur - delectably tart and refreshing. It weighs in at 5.5 % ABV.

Savoie's Brewhouse says they should be listed shortly at ANBL and look for their beer on the shelves of select stores by months end.

Fredericton Craft Beer Festival announced Craft Beer and Hand Crafted Ice Cream event at King Street Ale House on Sunday, July 26 at 6:00 PM.

Sea Level Brewing is hiring a full time Retail Manager.This position will start part-time, and will lead to a full-time position by early August. Responsible for managing the retail shop, assisting with production, business communications, preparing and invoicing wholesale and retail orders, along with day to day operations. Please personally deliver resume to Randy at the brewery between 10am-4pm. 

Thanks for checking out the Maritime Beer Report again this week and until next time enjoy responsibly.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - July 10, 2015

Hello and welcome to the July 10th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Big Tide Brewing Company put a new beer on tap called Marée Montante (Rising Tide) that is a Gose. It is the most recent collaboration with Patrice Godin from Acadie-Broue. A light 4.6% ABV sour mash, refreshing ancient German style ale. Lightly hopped, 15 IBUs and flavored with coriander and none other than straight from the Bay of Fundy salt water collected from Seely's Cove as the tide was rising. Won't last long, and available in-house only. 

Flying Boats Brewing says they will be serving at the Capitol Complex - Tasting NB event this Saturday. They are bringing Humpyard Steam Ale that has a nice malty caramel flavour balanced with Northern Brewer hops and a crisp finish taste that comes in at 5.8 ABV and 46 IBUs. Also Stove Pipe Gang Black IPA, which is a full flavor dark malt IPA with plenty of hops (4 varieties) including a dry hop for aroma. It comes in at 6.9% ABV and has 96 IBUs.

Hammond River Brewing was busy brewing  they're Hop Flash IPA and a brand new beer, a 10.5% Belgian Quad.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company put its new session ale out this week. Introducing Bottle Blonde Rye Ale. The description from Boxing Rock is as follows "It's malty. It's got that spicy hint of something in the background you just can't put your finger on. The hops are there and signal their presence but in a way that lets the malt come through. And with over 35% rye malt, it's different enough to grab your attention." Available now at the brewery and private stores.

Breton Brewing Company put on its third brew this week, Sons of Hector Brown Ale is now on tap at the brewery.

Garrison Brewing Company has a new session ale out, the Seaport Blonde is here now. A 4% ABV crafted light ale that they say is perfect for summer.

North Brewing Company has released its popular Halifax Common ale again this summer. Currently available at the brewery.

Rock Bottom Brewpub has a has a couple of beers to announce. They have a new Oatmeal stout on nitro tap. Raisin Hell is a dark, rich and chocolaty with coffee and cream notes and a bittersweet finish reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies. Aromas of roasted grains, vanilla and cheerios. This Traditional English Stout is brewed with steel cut oats, which provide a full, velvety body. It is 5.5% ABV and 35 IBUs. 
Also on Wednesday they'll launch the Ladies Beer League collaboration brew, Fizzgig. It is a big, bold, and hoppy Imperial Red ale that is a marriage of dark English crystal malts and bright punchy New Zealand hops. Ruby coloured with aromas of blackberry and cut grass. Long bitter lemon-lime finish. It is a hefty 7.5 ABV and 80 IBUs.

Finally Unfiltered Brewing ‏is brewing beer so look for it on the streets of Halifax later this month.

Thanks for joining me again this week. I am in the Nova Scotia bush for a week so next weeks blog will be delayed a  day or two. Until next time enjoy responsibly.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - July 3, 2015

Hello and welcome to the July 3rd edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Barnone Brewing is now at the Charlottetown Farmers Market in Charlottetown.

PEI Brewing Company says the next Vic Park Pale Ale Hop Sessions is available and this one has Nelson Sauvin hops. It is now available at the PEI Brewing Company in limited quantities.
They also have a simple Keller Bier on tap this week. So simple and limited.

Acadie-Broue gave an update this week. They recently brewed in collaboration with Wendy from Big Tide Brewing on their system in Saint John. They brewed the Gaboteuse II, a Belgian IPA. It is a tripel at 9 % ABV and 70 IBUs. It will soon be available at Tide and Bore for a limited time.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault says Soeur Catherine IPA is now available in bottles. Look for it at your ANBL store.

Flying Boats Brewing is officially starting to sell kegs to restaurants and special events. La Coast Restaurant and Maison Gabrielle Inn in Shediac currently have the Flying Boats Picnic Train Witbier (Bière Blanche/White Ale) on tap. They say it is a "Nice refreshing Saison style beer, brewed with Wheat/Pilsner malts and oatmeal with a touch of orange peel and coriander spice added".

Grimross Brewing says they are now available at:
FREDERICTON - King Street Ale House, Brewbakers, The Blue Door, Windsor Castle Pub (Grad House), James Joyce Irish Pub, Isaac's Way, Wilsors Room, Sam Sneads, Moma's Pub and Ringo's Grill - Coming soon to The Palate.
MONCTON - Tide and Boar and Old Triangle Irish Pub
SAINT JOHN - Saint John Ale House
SACKVILLE - Ducky's Pub

Breton Brewing announced their Brewery's Launch Party at Flavor on the Water, Saturday, July 18th. They will have their line up of beer available, along with 4 amazing bands, and some amazing food from the stellar folks at Flavor on the Water. Be sure to get your tickets soon online and in person at the brewery.

Granite Brewery says Honey Ginger Ale is now available in growlers at their beer store. It is a light pale ale at 4.8% ABV with a hint of honey and ginger and will be available all summer.

Meander River Farm will NOT be open this weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 3 to 5) - back on the 10th.

Rare Bird Craft Beer says their Spruce Ale is now available at the Rare Bird Pub.

Tatamagouche Brewing says cans are here. North Shore Lagered Ale and Hippie Dippie Pale Ale available in indivdual cans, 12 packs, and mix cases. Butcher Block Red and seasonals coming soon.

Thanks for joining me again this week and until next time enjoy responsibly.